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Bubble Buddy is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob creates a bubble as a friend.

Bubble Buddy

Characters

Plot

The narrator explains that sometimes every day was a holiday for SpongeBob, even if he had to make one up. SpongeBob then wakes up with a Viking costume on, and exclaims "Hey everybody! It's Leif Ericson Day! Hinga Dinga Durgen!". He then goes outside to play with his friends, but finds notes at the houses of Patrick, Sandy and Squidward notifying that they can't play. He decides to make a new buddy, and after several failed attempts, creates, a humanoid, happiest bubble Named Bubble Buddy. The two go to the KrustyKrab, where SpongeBob orders everything on the menu for Bubble Buddy. However, SpongeBob explains several specifications that Squidward has to adhere to in order to satisfy Bubble Buddy's alleged preferences (lactose intolerant, etc.), making him remake the patties several times. After the meal, Bubble Buddy pays in "bubble-money" (which pops, and is feign money) and leaves a tip of "bubble coins" which also pops, making Squidward and Mr. Krabs mad.

SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy then go to the Goo Lagoon, where they continue to cause trouble, even resulting in the demise of one fish. Eventually, the townspeople become fed up with Bubble Buddy and begin to riot, even tipping over the lifeguard tower. Squidward steps in and blames SpongeBob and the bubble he has created, causing the mob to direct their efforts towards popping Bubble Buddy. They surround SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy, brandishing sewing needles. SpongeBob tries to inform the crowd that Bubble Buddy is uncomfortable around their pointy needles, but they tell him that they are done with Bubble Buddy. SpongeBob tries to escape by inflating Bubble Buddy, but he flies weakly back into the crowd's grasp. SpongeBob says Bubble Buddy is his special friend and tries to ask if they ever had a special friend. Although some do reveal that they do have a special friend, it isn't enough to change their mind. So they throw SpongeBob out of the way. Squidward begins to stab Bubble Buddy, but he suddenly comes to life and catches the needle before it reaches him, much to the shock of Squidward and the other crowd members. Bubble Buddy then tells SpongeBob that "things are getting a little weird around here", and leaves in a bubble taxi, flipping into the sky, wishing SpongeBob a Happy Leif Erikson Day. Everyone appears to be ok with Bubble Buddy leaving Bikini Bottom except Squidward who is still shocked at what happened. The rest of the crowd then leave to go on with their regular lives and SpongeBob happily cries that people grow up so fast before leaving in a flurry of bubbles. All but one of them pop, and Squidward greets it.

Trivia

  • The music heard during the episode's title card and opening credits was later used as theme music for the "Nicktoons Summer Beachhouse", which ran from the summer of 2002 and 2003.
  • Leif Erikson day is actually a real holiday (October 9).
    • Because of this, the date of this episode takes place on October third and may have taken place before the first Halloween SpongeBob episode Scaredy Pants.
  • 15th time Patrick doesn't appear, But his voice appears at the beginning of the episode.
  • The title card have the same background and text style that a part of the show opening.
  • 21st episode with its name in it.
  • The text style in the title card is the same as in Gary Takes a Bath.
  • There is a sequel to this episode called Bubble Buddy Returns.
  • 2nd episode to have its words in the title shaped like bubbles, 1st being "Suds", third was Gary Takes a Bath, and 4th was Bubble Buddy Returns.
  • In this episode, Chuck Klein's name was spelled wrong in the credits with the I and E reversed.
  • Both this episode and it sequel end the same way Bubble Buddy gets inside a vehicle that floats away taxi in this one and a plane Bubble Buddy returns.
  • The troubles SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy caused were:
    • Giving Mr. Krabs bubble money.
    • Making Squidward provide excellent service.
    • Having Scooter die from the causes of a high tide.
    • Keeping the citizens waiting for Bubble Buddy to finish using the Port-o-Head.
    • Making Pearl cry because he washed the dirty mark from her flipper (while shaking hands) by Grubby Grouper
    • Having the Bikini Bottomies think their butts were 'fat' (bubble butt).
  • This is the only episode in the Hillenberg era to have Bubble Buddy. He also appered in the game, SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom. He appeared much in the post-movie era, in Bubble Buddy Returns.
  • Unlike most episodes, this episode shows that Squidward can actually make Krabby Patties correctly rather than burning them or making disgusting versions of them.
  • When SpongeBob was looking at the menu for the Krusty Krab, one of the food mentioned was the "Quarter Ouncer Double Pounder." This may be a parody of McDonalds' burger the Double Quarter Pounder.
  • "He Delivered a plague onto our houses" references a scene in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliette Where Mercutio says "I am hurt, A plague on both your houses!".

Goofs

  • When Squidward gave Bubble Buddy a Krabby Patty, there was no chesse inside it, but when SpongeBob was about to look in the Krabby Patty, there was cheese inside it.
  • When Francis says that SpongeBob kept them waiting for a bubble, there was a black whale in the line. But when Larry says that he called him fat, the whale was next to Larry.
  • Evelyn has sunglasses that repeatedly disappear and reappear throughout the episode.
    • Also the said glasses are the same ones worn by SpongeBob and Sandy in planet of the jellyfish.
  • When Bubble Buddy was in the bathroom, hundreds of fish were in line waiting. But when SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy leave, only about ten fish are in line.
  • In the middle of the episode, Scooter drowned in high tide. However, this is impossible because they are already at the bottom of the ocean.
  • During the scene with the menu, the prices are gone.
  • If half of a bubble gets trapped in a door the bubble will just pop, but when Bubble Buddy's legs gets trapped in the Krusty Krab's doors he doesn't pop!
  • A bubble can only last for 10 seconds but Bubble Buddy lasts for years. (currently he is 11 years old)

APM Music Identification

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